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Black-Eyed Pea Good Luck Ornament

December 30, 2010, 11:05 am  Posted by Craft Your Life Team
 

vickiehowellBeing the California girl (well, by way of Colorado) that I am, the Southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas for luck was news to me! Since becoming an Austinite however, I’ve learned to embrace this New Years Day tradition. It’s kind of adorable how an entire portion of the country puts such hope in a tiny food–and hey, who couldn’t use a little more luck, right? As 2010 comes to an end, alas, so does my stint with Lark Crafts. So I thought, what better way to bid you adeiu, than with a token of luck to start 2011 off the right (read: crafty) way?

Even (or especially) if you don’t like eating these blessed little beans, you can still enjoy the custom by crocheting them. Stitch-up an amigurumi version to hang year-’round as a tiny reminder that luck, is what you make of it!

Crocheted Black-Eyed Pea Ornament


Materials

Scraps of Worsted-Weight Yarn in colors: Tan & Brown
Size US H (8) Crochet Hook (or size necessary to create tight enough stitches to hold stuffing)
Tapestry Needle
Handful of Stuffing (or real black eyed peas)

Finished Size
3″ (excluding loop)

Abbreviations
ch=chain
sc=single crochet
sc2tog=single crochet two stitches together
st(s)=stitch(es)
sl=slip

Directions
Using Tan yarn and magic loop method, 6sc in center of loop. Pull tight to close loop. Join round with a sl st.

Rnd 1: Ch1, sc in base of ch, 2sc in every sc around. Join with a sl st. (12 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch1, Sc, *sc, 2sc; repeat from * around. Join with a sl st. (17 sts)

Round 3: Ch1, sc in next ch and all the way around. Join with a sl st. 17 sts.

Rounds 4-6: Repeat Round 3.

Note: You’ll be working the next few “rounds” back-and-forth, so they’ll be known as “rows”.

Rows 7-8: Ch1, sc11. Turn.

Row/Round 9: Repeat Row 8, but DO NOT TURN at the end of this one. This row will now go back to becoming a round.
From here, you’ll have little ledges with a gap in between. Continue around with a sc in each of the 5 sts in gap. Join round with a sl st in the ch1 at beginning of round. (17sts)

Rounds 10-12: Repeat Round 3.

**At this point, start stuffing your pea as you go along until finished. For added luck, stick a real black-eyed pea inside with the stuffing!

Round 13: Ch1, *sc2tog, sc; repeat around, ending with a sc. Join round with a sl st. (13 sts)

Round 14: Ch1, * *sc2tog; repeat around. Join with a sl st. (7 sts)

DO NOT TIE OFF.

Hanging Loop:
Ch 18; tie off. Fold chain in half to form loop; use tapestry to push tail through to underside; knot in place.

Finishing

Using tapestry needle and Brown yarn, embroider “black eye” onto pea.
Weave in ends.

Wishing you a lucky 2011!

Stitch.Rock.Love,

P.S. If you’ve enjoyed my posts here at LarkCrafts.com over the past 6 months, don’t forget to check in with me at the  VIckieHowell.com blog and follow me on Twitter in the new year!

 
 
 

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